KQED Radio Staff
Mina Kim covers news and trends in health across California for KQED public radio. Mina got hooked on public radio in 2004, during a brief fellowship with KQED's Pacific Time, which is no longer in production. She honed her journalism skills as KQED's fill-in reporter and as a freelance reporter and producer for NPR, Marketplace and various news websites. She became KQED's full-time general assignment reporter in 2010, when the organization began expanding its local news coverage.
Mina strives to include in her stories the voices of those most affected by policies and adverse events. She received the National Radio Award from the Asian American Journalists Association in 2007, and has received several journalism fellowships.
Mina earned her B.A. in Women's Studies from the University of Michigan. She was an elementary teacher in New Jersey, and the director of a women's organization in Los Angeles before pursuing journalism. She facilitated leadership and management training programs for faculty at UC San Francisco, and minority executives in Sacramento through the Coro Center for Civic Leadership.
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Nearly 170 data breaches last year put the personal information of more than 18.5 million Californians at risk. According to a new report from State Attorney General Kamala Harris's office, last year's massive breaches at retailers like Target contributed to a nearly 30 percent increase in hacks from 2012.
On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill boosting the fines California can impose on assisted living facilities for the elderly. Until now, the highest fine regulators could levy for violations was a mere $150. Now they'll be able to impose up to $15,000. The governor enacted the change as part of a package of other bills he signed this weekend that aim to improve care for seniors at the state's 7,500 assisted living facilities.
Some in the art world are calling it the hottest ticket of the year. "@Large" on Alcatraz Island debuts this weekend. Ai Weiwei is a political artist the Chinese government won't allow to leave the country, not even to see his new exhibit — which explores freedom and confinement. Ai Weiwei makes headlines whatever he does, and "@Large" is no exception.
The state's largest utility, PG&E faces $1.4 billion in new fines for the 2010 gas pipeline disaster that killed eight people in San Bruno. The fine by administrative law judges for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is the agency's largest safety-related penalty ever. But some state and city officials feel the fine is too low.
Napa City officials are working on an estimate of the economic damage of Sunday's 6.0 magnitude earthquake. But some businesses are already bouncing back and opening their doors.